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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOEL BURTON, farmer; P. O. Casstown; born in Miami Co. April 9, 1826; is a son of William and Elizabeth (Saunders) Burton, who was born in North Carolina, and she in Pennsylvania; they were the parents of nine children, of whom six are now living, viz., Joel, Phoebe, now Mrs. A. J. Shidaker, living in Troy; Martha, now Mrs. D. Griggs, living in Illinois; George, living in Illinois; William, living in Indiana; and John, living in Illinois; Mr. Burton lived with his father till about 22 years of age. In November, 1847, he was united in marriage with Sarah D. Rogers, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Rogers; Mr. Rogers was born in Ohio, and Mrs. Rogers in Virginia, coming to Ohio with her parents when only 3 yrears of age; by this union they have had seven children, viz., Elizabeth, now Mrs. William Simpson; Catharine, now Mrs. C. Lower; John T., Lewis R., George W., Andrew W. and Flora M.; after Mr. Burton’s marriage, he followed farming on rented property for two years; then he bought 80 acres of land in Staunton Township, upon which he lived about three years; then sold, and bought the property upon which he now resides; here he has a fine farm of 47 ½ acres, upon which, when he bought, there was a saw-mill, run by water-power, which he and his father transformed into a steam-power mill; this mill he sold in 1858, bought it again in June, 1875; rebuilt it almost entirely and erected a circular-saw, with capacity and conveniences equal to any mill in the county. Mr. Burton is one of those quiet, unpretending men who desires no political office, or fame in that direction; has been Constable and School Director, and thankful that he has had no other office, desiring to attend to his own business, enjoy his own home and family, dealing honestly and straightforwardly with all men.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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